We have to give huge props to The Daily Wire’s Ben Johnson — he apparently took a bullet for us and watched Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” this week and lived to tell about it. As Twitchy reported, Disney CEO Bob Chapek finally buckled under pressure from employees and expressed opposition to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, calling Gov. Ron DeSantis to express his “disappointment” and “concern” over the legislation. Two days later he sent a mass email to employees addressing the pain, frustration, and sadness they felt because he hadn’t spoken out against the bill sooner.
Stelter tackled the Parental Rights in Education bill on his show with guest Garth Ancier, former president of Walt Disney Television.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 16, 2022
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Stelter asked why CEO Bob Chapek was “so out of touch” that it took him days “to come to the side of his employees to speak out against Florida’s controversial, so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.”
Stelter, who has dedicated his career to policing media speech, said he bristles “when the media calls [the Florida bill] a culture war battle.”
“It’s not a culture war, talking about equal rights for everybody in a country,” Stelter asserted, before immediately reversing himself. “I mean, I guess it is,” he said, before concluding, “I’m getting tired of the culture war frame,” he added, referring to the issue of teaching children about transgender issues during their first days in school.
So Stelter’s biggest question about the legislation is how Disney’s CEO was so out of touch with his employees who opposed it.
Its the DEFINITION of a culture war….
— Willy Pomfret Follow me I follow back (@willypomfret) March 16, 2022
— Brandon Robinson (@nylerobin) March 16, 2022
— Feel the Ghost Cat (@ELGatoNosferatu) March 16, 2022
The irony being that his denial of the culture war is fuel for the culture war
— WL (@a337uk) March 16, 2022
Since it’s been culturally unacceptable forever to teach such nonsense, yes it is! How is CNN still on the air?
— Bobby Diesel (@BobbyDiesel2005) March 16, 2022
K thru 3 should not be learning about transgenderism, gender identity, sexuality, etc in school. That's not the school's responsibility. Just plain WRONG in so many ways.
— James V (@JamesVarga17) March 16, 2022
There's no age in which that should be taught. Unless it's a psychiatry class
— GingerBeard (@GingerBeard64) March 16, 2022
It is totally age inappropriate and violates parental prerogative for sensitive subjects like sex and gender. This campaign by a micro-minority is not about information, it is about promoting and encouraging confusion in children who are not ready for the subject matter.
— StandForJusticeForAll (@ChooseWhoUServe) March 16, 2022
Micro-minority … that’s good.
Obviously he says that because the wind is blowing in that direction. He doesn't have the gonads to state his own, independent thoughts, and feelings
— Kevin Murphy (@10483) March 16, 2022
He can say what he wants. But I have to ask. What has he been accurate on? His record speaks for itself.
— Guy Incognito (@1ncognito_Guy) March 16, 2022
Consider the source.
— Dick Hammer (@Dick_Hammer730) March 16, 2022
Mind your business, Costanza 🤪 pic.twitter.com/Fy7x812RID
— SANTA MARIA GRILL (@TipTipMan) March 16, 2022
Please double down on this for all time CNN
— Bemijaminji (@Bemijaminji) March 16, 2022
Where’d he get this “talking about equal rights for everybody in a country” line? Is that what kindergarten teachers are supposed to be doing? Do they need to lead sessions on sexual orientation and gender identity to accomplish that?
Poll shows majority of Americans support the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ part of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill https://t.co/ZNL6SkMWpo
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 16, 2022